New Android M Developer Preview 2 now available, over-the-air update will arrive shortly



A new version of the Android M Developer Preview is now officially available from Google. It’s the first update since the M Developer Preview first became available and Google says it mainly addresses bugs based on developer feedback. Here are the changes listed on the Android Developers Blog:

Android Platform Changes:

  • Modifications to platform permissions including external storage, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth location, and changes to contacts/identity permissions. Device connections through the USB port are now set to charge-only mode by default. To access the device, users must explicitly grant permission.

API Changes:

  • Updated Bluetooth Stylus APIs with updated callback events. View.onContextClickListener and GestureDetector.OnContextClickListener to listen for stylus button presses and to perform secondary actions.
  • Updated Media API with new callback InputDevice.hasMicrophone() method for determining if a device microphone exists.

Fixes for developer-reported issues:

  • TextInputLayout doesn’t set hint for embedded EditText.
  • Camera Permission issue with Legacy Apps

Google mentions that if you’re already running the previous M Preview — which is only available on the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player — you wont have to do much as the update will staring rolling out over-the-air in the next few days. If you want to get it earlier than that, you know the drill. Simply head the Android Developers’ downloads page right here to manually flash.

Update: Here’s the Nexus 6 OTA link straight from Google’s servers for those that want to sideload it. (Download)

[Android M Developer Preview 2]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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